US Chamber Calls For Better IP Trade Controls

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging the federal government to protect intellectual property rights through an anti-counterfeiting treaty with trading partners and step up its fight against online counterfeiting and digital theft, saying those are important steps in the nation’s economic recovery.

The plea was made in a letter dated Tuesday and sent to members of Congress and the White House. The 2010 intellectual property agenda, as the chamber styled its wish list, was developed by the chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center.

“Our government’s efforts to promote and protect our innovative and creative industries will be a crucial element of our economic recovery,” David Hirschmann, president of the center, said in a statement Thursday. “A governmentwide national intellectual property strategy should be a fundamental part of our nation’s job strategy.”

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